5 Minutes With…Ski Corp Prez Rob Perlman
As Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.’s new president, Rob Perlman brings 20 years of ski and travel industry experience to the table, including leadership positions with Colorado Ski Country, U.S.A., Intrawest and ski resorts in California and Colorado. Promoted after seven years as Steamboat’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, he lives the Steamboat lifestyle with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Amanda, 15, and Morgan, 13, shuttling his kids to the slopes, dance practice, the golf course and more. Don’t be surprised to see him slide onto the chair next to you this ski season.
I grew up in Evergreen, racing at Winter Park. I first visited Steamboat when I was 10 for a race and remember seeing the FM Light signs on the ride over. I also remember racing down Vagabond in a blinding snow storm and getting my first taste of Champagne Powder® while ripping through Closets.
I love Steamboat’s great snow but also its true Western feel. It’s authentic and cool. It didn’t take long for it to become one of my favorite places to ski.
With a 22-year ski industry career, I’ve worked for some of the best resorts there are and I can genuinely say that the Steamboat staff is hands-down the best in the business. They’re passionate about this place. My job is to lead this great group and continue our success.
Steamboat has one of the most iconic brands in the resort industry. It’s more than the ski area; it’s the entire community that makes Steamboat so special.
We’re excited about our new Steven’s Family Alpine Training and Competition Venue to support our next generation of racers. We’re also elevating our food and beverage offerings, including the Gondola Joe’s expansion, and making it easier for guests through our winter air program, which is the envy of other mountain communities.
For powder days, I’m partial to Three O’ Clock. But I also like the Chutes. I also dial up m.steamboat.com for the grooming map in search of fresh corduroy.
I usually ski about 60 days a year. My goal this year is to surpass 70. My Rossignol Experience 100s are the perfect one-quiver ski, but if it’s a big powder day I’ll grab my Rossi Super 7s.
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